When beef can be good for your heart
Carnivores, rejoice: A new report says the right kind of red meat might not be an artery-clogger after all.
After a rash of bad news about bacon comes a study that suggests beef might actually benefit your heart.
But there's a catch: Any old slab of meat isn't going to cut it. Instead, consumers need to fill their plates with lean beef, according to the study published in the American Journal of Clincal Nutrition.
Beef consumption has taken a hit during the past few years, with some diners choosing healthier options or just cutting back as they dealt with the recession. U.S. beef consumption dropped by more than 8% from 2002 to 2011, according to the Agriculture Department.
The study found that eating lean beef each day helped lower cholesterol levels, with the stearic acid in the meat said to help participants. After eating lean meat for five weeks, the participants saw a 5% drop in total cholesterol and a 4% drop in LDL, also known as "bad" cholesterol. That was almost the same result as people eating a diet with fish, poultry and vegetable protein, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
One of the study's authors, Dr. Michael Roussell, told the Daily Mail that red meat "‘brings a unique, heart-healthy blend of fats to the table," unlike processed meat such as sausages.
That underscores another recent medical study, which found diets heavy in processed meats increase a person's risk of developing cancer and dying early.
Nevertheless, beef isn't the only source of stearic acid. Cheese, chicken and grain-based desserts are also top providers of the saturated fatty acid, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Maybe a dinner of a lean-beef cheeseburger followed by a slice of chocolate cake isn't so unhealthy after all.
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